Submitted by Brad Guigar on October 13, 2009 - 00:00
Y'know how you look at a photograph, and get hit with the realization that it's a photograph that you'll always look back on and cherish? This is one of those photos. It's the Halfpixel crew, Kris Straub, Dave Kellett, me and Scott Kurtz, enjoying a cocktail before the Harvey Awards ceremony at the Baltimore Comic Con last Saturday night.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 11, 2009 - 11:35
This day in ComixTalk:
Faith Erin Hicks blogged about internal narration in comics; Platinum's purchase of Wowio was still shaking out in the news (a year later and there's still no evidence that Wowio has paid off all of its debts to creators and publishers.)
Platinum Studios filed for an IPO; and Phil Kahn posted video of numerous interviews he did at Connecticon with creators such as Chris Hastings and Kent Archer of Dr. McNinja and Rob Balder and Jami Noguchi of ErfWorld.
Also from the forums, RanJado wondered about how to draw distinctions between comics' readerships;
Jamie Robertson announced that he would stop working on his webcomic Clan of the Cats. I'm not sure of the ends and outs of Robertson's work status on the comic every year since than, but I'm happy to report that right now he is working on the strip (there's an update today) and I think his work has gotten better every year. Great strip full of of supernatural elements, adventure and relationships, all with really strong artwork.
James Kochalka won best online comic at the Ignatzs for American Elf. He, however, did not accept his award in a gorilla suit.
Submitted by John C on August 31, 2009 - 10:00
A thought: Reading blogs through RSS or Atom feeds is a great way to get chunks of information delivered on a daily basis. I think that this format is amenable to delivering something like a textbook: every day you could post a subchapter-sized chunk of information. Since I’m already setting aside time in my day to check Google Reader, the marginal cost of adding one new feed isn’t very much.
Compare this to the cost of getting a textbook and finding time in the day to read it regularly. Adding a new task to one’s routine is always a tricky proposition, and I doubt I’m the only person who has difficultly committing to these sorts of things. For example: how many people stick to their New Year’s resolutions after the first month? Or even the first week?
But let’s say you shimmy the new habit into an existing routine (e.g., delivering a textbook via a web feed). That is, trick yourself into doing something new by making it look like something old. Well then, my friend! You might just have a higher success rate.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 19, 2009 - 10:31
This week's big story is probably going to be the announcement of the "Comic Strip Superstar" contest from Andrews McMeel Publishing and Universal Press Syndicate. Entrants have to submit their work by September 12th. Brad Guigar at Webcomics.com writes a lengthy breakdown of the press release well worth reading. Like all of these never-ending corporate comic contests, one really has to read the fine print carefully and fully consider the trade-offs before entering. And my own two cents -- there is no magic wand that will instantly grant you a "comics career" let alone make you a "superstar". Make sure you evaluate clearly whatever you're actually going to get and rationally decide that it is well worth what you're giving up.
Scott Kurtz blogs that the Webcomics.com crew is starting a brand new live stream called Webcomics.com University. Kurtz's first session will be this Friday and cover "line quality and how I try to achieve a clean look in Photoshop using a Wacom tablet."
Submitted by Brad Guigar on July 28, 2009 - 19:29
Sleep? Who needs sleep? I'm going headlong from Comic Con International last week to ConnectiCon this weekend.
My buddy, Kris Straub, and I will be exhibiting all weekend long:
Friday 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Kris and I are doing a live version of the Webcomics Weekly podcast Saturday night, 6:30 - 7:30.
Submitted by Brad Guigar on July 16, 2009 - 00:00
The biggest comic convention of the year kicks off next week, and I'm going to be there in the thick of it. Here's a guide to what to expect -- and a few ways that you can join in the fun if you're not going to be in San Diego.
Submitted by El Santo on June 30, 2009 - 10:56
Xaviar Xerexes of ComixTalk reports on an interesting development in the Harvey Awards: a lot more webcomics are getting the nod this year.
There are a lot of webcomic angles to the list of nominees this year, including the seven nominations for Jeff Kinneyâ€™s Diary of A Wimpy Kid (a comic with a webcomic origin) and 10 noninations for John Gallagherâ€™s Buzzboy which also has it origins in an online version.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 30, 2009 - 09:35
The nominees for the 2009 Harvey Awards are out -- all comics creators (those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit or are otherwise involved in a creative capacity in the comics field) are eligible to vote for the award winners from now through August 8th. Ballots for voting are available online here. There are a lot of webcomic angles to the list of nominees this year, including the seven nominations for Jeff Kinney's Diary of A Wimpy Kid (a comic with a webcomic origin) and 10 noninations for John Gallagher's Buzzboy which also has it origins in an online version.
In the online category, the nominees include three comics on DC's Zuda website: BLACK CHERRY BOMBSHELLS, HIGH MOON, NIGHT OWLS, plus PVP, and LEAST I COULD DO. Interestingly enough three webcomics from Zuda also received nominations for Best New Series: HIGH MOON, NIGHT OWLS, and SUPERTRON. (Check out CBR's recent interview with High Moon artist Steve Ellis)
Least I Could Do artist Lar deSouza also snagged nominations for Best Cartoonist and in the Special Award for Humor in Comics. David Malki! of Wondermark also got a nod in the Special Award for Humor category and another one in the SPECIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION category for his book WONDERMARK, VOL. 1: BEARDS OF OUR FOREFATHERS (which I own a copy of and agree is absolutely deserving of this recognition).
In the BEST BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL OR JOURNALISTIC PRESENTATION category HOW TO MAKE WEBCOMICS, by Brad Guigar, Dave Kellett, Scott Kurtz, and Kris Straub received a nomination. In the Best Anthology category, FLIGHT VOLUME 5, edited by Kazu Kibuishi received a nomination.
Submitted by Delos on June 17, 2009 - 10:00
What Did I Learn?
weekly webcomic reviews by Delos
(this is a repost)
Starslip Crisis by Kris Straub is about a decommissioned space warship that now serves as an art museum. Thatâ€™s a pretty unique hook to catch your interest. Itâ€™s also hilarious.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 2, 2009 - 10:02
Ah Tuesday! One day after Monday; too many days before Friday. Our top story today -- aAfter much public demand, James Turner reveals his new comic: Brunel and Stovie. Hip Hip Hurrah!
Heroes of a Lesser Earth hits 500 strips.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Checking out Heroes Inc - art looks good. (Which reminds me we once did a list of superhero comics on the web; feel free to update it!)
Kickstarter looks like another vehicle for pre-funding projects that conceivably could be of use to web/comic creators.
And as always, be sure to read Journalista!, Webcomics.com and Fleen for more links and stories. I tend not to link as much to those sites anymore simply because it's easier for you to go read them yourself.